The Storms are coming: Long Beach Storm Preparation Information
2010-01-17 · By Editor
With powerful storms bearing down on the region, Long Beach residents and businesses are urged to prepare themselves for the possibility of significant rainfall.
Long Beach will provide sand and bags for residents to make their own sandbags. Pick up sand at any of the four fire stations (listed below) or the City’s Public Service Yard. A limited amount of pre-filled sand bags are also being provided at all neighborhood fire stations.
When picking up sand residents must bring a shovel and fill their own sand bags; however, residents with mobility impairments, or seniors who need assistance can obtain filled bags at the Senior Center at El Dorado Park West, 2800 Studebaker Road, and the Long Beach Senior Center, 1150 E. 4th Street.
In addition, the City of Long Beach has prepared a list of important safety tips and emergency phone numbers for residents to access in the event of power outages, downed trees, flooding, etc. Emergency responders train and are prepared to respond to a disaster or other significant incident; however, residents are strongly urged to prepare themselves for a major emergency, with the goal of being able to be self-sustaining for at least 72-hours.
Where to Get Sandbags in Long Beach
Preparation for the Storm: Free sand is available to residents at four Long Beach Fire Stations. Residents must bring and use their own shovel (self-service) to get the sand, which is available in large bins outside the fire stations at these addresses:
- 2295 Elm Avenue (Station No. 7)
- 6509 Gundry Avenue (Station No. 12)
- 2475 Adriatic Avenue (Station No. 13)
- 5200 Eliot Street (Station No. 14)
Sand can also be obtained for free at the Public Works/San Francisco Yard, 1601 San Francisco Ave. (outside, next to the gate, on the Esther Street side).
The City also provides 10 free ready-to-go sandbags to Long Beach residents and businesses with proper identification. Sand can also be obtained for a slight fee at local hardware stores. Please go to the neighborhood fire stations at the addresses below to obtain your free sandbags:
- 100 Magnolia Avenue
- 1645 E. 3rd Street
- 1222 Daisy Avenue
- 411 Loma Avenue
- 7575 E. Wardlow Road
- 2295 Elm Avenue
- 5365 E. 2nd Street
- 3917 Long Beach Boulevard
- 1417 Peterson Avenue
- 160 E. Market Street
- 6509 Gundry Avenue
- 2475 Adriatic Avenue
- 5200 Eliot Street
- 2241 Argonne Avenue
- 3361 Palo Verde Avenue
- 3559 Clark Avenue
- 6340 Atherton Street
Important Tips About Sandbags
Sandbags will last as long as they don’t have a hole. If the bags are reusable, residents should keep them for the next major rainstorm. To discard, distribute sand in a flower bed or over a lawn, and then throw away the empty bags.
Do not take sand from the beach. It is illegal to dump sand at the beach, in the gutter or in the storm drain system. Sand can be returned to the Public Works/San Francisco Yard, 1601 San Francisco Ave.
For information on how to fill sandbags, visit www.publicaffairs.water.ca.gov/information/sandbag.cfm
Safety Tips during a Storm:
- Remember to slow down and drive carefully. Please exercise a great deal of caution and patience, and allow yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. Avoid large puddles and do not attempt to cross running water.
- Stay out of the LA and San Gabriel Rivers and Flood Control Channels due to possible high waters.
- Beach-goers are advised to avoid local waters for at least 72 hours after the end of rainfall due to the high bacteria and pollution levels from urban runoff.
- Individuals can monitor the weather on television news, including the Weather Channel 76 on Charter Cable; radio news stations such as KFI 640 AM or KFWB 980 AM; and websites such as http://www.noaa.gov/. In the left hand column, insert a Long Beach zip code, and a local map and report will appear.
LB Phone Numbers for Storm Damage, Information or Help
- In the event of a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
- To report flooding or a clogged or blocked storm drain during business hours, please call 562.570.2726.
- To report a fallen tree or limbs, call 562.570.2770. For trees or limbs in City parks, call 562.570.4895 during business hours, or 562.570.3101 after-hours or on weekends.
- Fallen power lines are extremely dangerous. Report any downed lines to SCE immediately by calling 1.800.611.1911. Do not touch a downed line or anyone in contact with the line. Always assume a downed line is live. For more information, visit http://www.sce.com/ and click on the “Safety” tab.
- Long Beach Gas & Oil Department, 562.570.2140
- Long Beach Water Department, 562.570.2390
- City Street Lights/City Light & Power Co., 888.544.4868
Additional Resources for Storm Assistance in Long Beach:
- American Red Cross, Greater Long Beach Chapter, 562.595.6341
- Long Beach Fire Department Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), 562.570.LBFD
- Southern California Edison
Conserve water during the rain with this article from the Long Beach Water Department.